Beach Bag Essentials

Summer’s finally here and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Centers we want to know, is there a beach day in your future? A seaside vacation is very enjoyable but, there can be potential hazards for your feet and ankles. Packing a few key items in your beach bag will help prevent podiatric problems and ensure fun days in the sun.

Flip flops/water shoes—it may seem like a short walk from the parking lot to the beach or across the sand to the perfect beach blanket spot, but the asphalt and sand absorb maximum heat from the sun and can burn the soles of your feet very quickly. Slip on shoes you can wear to the restrooms or the changing area will also protect your feet from coming in contact with fungal infections like athlete’s foot that are spread by direct contact. Finally, keeping your feet covered will also prevent cuts and puncture wounds from sharp objects hidden in the sand.

Sunscreen—a bad sunburn on your feet can sideline you for several days. Always use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that protects your skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. Reapply every two hours and after every swim.

Sneakers—frisbee, paddle ball, and volleyball can all be fun at the beach but playing on shifting sands with flip flops can easily result in an ankle sprain or another injury.

Vinegar/baking soda—these can be used to relieve pain and swelling caused by a jellyfish sting. Be aware that even a jellyfish that has washed up on the shore can still sting you. If you step on a jellyfish by accident, gently removing the tentacles (being careful to protect your hands) and then apply the baking soda or vinegar. If the area does not heal within a few days, make an appointment at our Macomb, MI (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores, MI (586) 779-6140 or Warren, MI (586) 756-3338 office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson will examine the injured area and determine if an infection has set in.


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